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National stamp commemorates “first ever” achievers among Lebanese women
3/30/2017
Safa Jafari Safa  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 
In an official ceremony honoring pioneering women in Lebanese history, AUB collaborated with LibanPost to announce and present the first-issue stamps commemorating six women “first ever” achievers. The collaboration comes under the umbrella of President Fadlo R. Khuri’s Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), launched in September 2016, to leverage AUB’s strength as an institution and mobilize partnerships for further engagement and impact in the region.
 
Myrna Bustani, first member of parliament and Trustee Emeritus of AUB’s Board of Trustees; Laila Solh and Wafaa Hamza (BA ’86, MA ’88), first female ministers; Nina Trad, first lawyer; Adma Elias Abou Chedid (MD ’31), first female medical doctor who graduated from AUB; and Saniyya Zaytoun, first engineer in Lebanon to join the Syndicate.
 
“The six women who are being celebrated tonight are remarkable women who are advocates for progress and they are extraordinary by any standard… They are trailblazers who got their particular leads because they were excellent and they were unapologetically excellent,” said President Fadlo Khuri. “Assertive advocacy for engaged citizenship is part of our DNA at AUB and this is what we teach.”
 
Dr. Lamia Rustum Shehadeh, president of the Harvard Club in Lebanon and editor of “Women and War in Lebanon,” gave a run-down of women pioneers in politics, law, journalism, and science and women who have challenged the social norms with intellect and leadership since the formation of the republic.
 
“It is my privilege to meet some of our outstanding women pioneers today who, through their struggle to achieve equality with men, have provided their sisters with the opportunity to soar and create, just like they did.”
 
The LibanPost Director of Human Resources, Mrs. Nada Genadry, spoke about the vision behind honoring Lebanon’s first women achievers as well as the element for gender equality within LibanPost. Genadry considered the launching of the new national stamp edition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunications, a marking for posterity of the contribution of women that “dared to be at the heart of disruptive progress in our Lebanese society.”
 
“Today we honor all of humanity. We honor science, culture, diversity, and all of Lebanon,” said Minister of Women Affairs, Dr. Jean Ogasapian. “Our honorees today are role models that inspire us all.”
 
LibanPost's Chairman and Managing Director Khalil Daoud presented along with Minister Jean Ogasapian a personalized plaque of the first-issue stamp to Myrna Bustani and Wafaa Hamza, as well as the representatives and relatives of Laila Solh, Nina Trad, Adma Elias Abou Chedid, and Saniyya Zaytoun.
 
“AUB is determined to make a difference and promote gender equality both within the walls of the campus and outside,” said Dr. Dima Jamali, Executive Director of the SPI initiative and Associate Dean in the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB). “We are very happy to partner with LibanPost on this unique and leading initiative for Lebanon and the region to recognize and honor well deserving women for their outstanding achievement.”
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  • ​​In an official ceremony honoring pioneering women in Lebanese history, AUB collaborated with LibanPost to announce and present the first-issue stamps commemorating six women “first ever” achievers.
  • The collaboration comes under the umbrella of President Fadlo R. Khuri’s Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), launched in September 2016, to leverage AUB’s strength as an institution and mobilize partnerships for further engagement and impact in the region.
 
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